At least 36 vessels have signed up to sail to Horta on the island of Faial in the Azores this coming June to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Peter Café Sport. The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) and Peter Café Sport are working together to organize this exciting event.
Participants may start from anywhere, a minimum of 500 miles away, at any time, but the aim is to cross the finishing line as close as possible to 12 noon on 18 June 2018. This will be a light-hearted and fun event, but a major one in the 2018 OCC calendar with many land based activities scheduled for the following six days, culminating in a formal dinner and prize-giving. Members of other cruising clubs are welcome, but registration will be closed as soon as the maximum number of participants is reached. Participants must have applied and paid their fees by the cut-off date for entry (30th April 2018).
A rally description is available from the Rally Organisers John Franklin & Tony Brighton. Participants are required to register, and a small rally fee will be charged. A registration form is available from the rally organisers via email. Send your request to: AzoresRally2018@oceancruisingclub.org .
Upon arrival in Horta there will be a celebratory event and a programme of social activities. “José Henrique Azevedo is preparing to welcome yachtsmen with great enthusiasm, as his father Peter and grandfather Ernesto did before him. Sponsored events include a pig roast at the Castle Fort on the shore,” said Past OCC Commodore John Franklin.
Co-organiser Tony Brighton added, “Local authorities in Faial have come forward to support the commemoration event, and there are fun organised activities such as whale watching trips, tours of Faial and Pico, ascent of the Pico volcano, a bicycle descent from the Faial volcano, and guided walking tours.” Boats are otherwise free to cruise the islands or head off to their next destination.
If you expressed an interest in the OCC Azores Pursuit Rally but have not yet requested your registration package, do so without delay. Sign up now before the event is booked out and you miss your chance to take part in this exciting adventure.